Hadley holds firm atop Palmetto Championship leaderboard
Chesson Hadley continues to lead the way at the Palmetto Championship but admits to feeling nervous at the start of the third round in which he played alongside world number one Dustin Johnson.
Hadley, who has just one PGA Tour title to his name, is 4.50 to finish the job and triumph at Congaree, ahead of Harris English at 31.00 and 9.00 Johnson, who is 15.00 to win next week's US Open.
Tournament leader Hadley opened with a bogey on the first hole before holding par on the next 10 holes, but then pulled away from the field with four birdies from five holes on the back nine with only a thunderstorm halting his late charge.
Hadley will finish the third round on Sunday before taking on the final 18 holes and he was pleased with the way he held himself together during his early third-round wobble.
"I was really uncomfortable to start, absolutely. I was nervous, I was anxious and it has been a long time since I've been in a position like this," he said.
"I have been in a position like that before, but you just kind of forget. I started to feel better on hole 4. And then I made a really, really nice putt on 6 for par and I was kind of, I kind of felt really good after that.
"So I started to string some nice holes together and was able to make a few birdies there towards the end."
Hadley is likely to be paired with English in the final round on Sunday.